As an exercise, walking is one of the obvious choices.
Why is walking beneficial?
- Helps flexibility and co-ordination.
- Helps control body weight.
- Reduces body fat.
- Lowers blood pressure.
- Helps fight against osteoporosis
- Helps you to live longer and healthier.
- Thirty minutes a day of physical exercise, including walking, has been proven to increase life span by 1-3 years due to the improved cardiovascular function.
- Reduces your chances of catching a cold.
- Studies of walkers show that viruses and bacteria are attacked by natural killer cells which are increased.
- Walking can be done by anyone of reasonable health whether overweight or not.
- Walking at sustained speeds of 4-5 mph can be as beneficial as running and less stressful on the knees and ankles.
- Walking increases the blood flow to the brain and subsequently improves mental activities.
- Thirty minutes of walking can boost feelings of well being.
- Walking increases aerobic fitness.
- Walking up and down hills has been proved to lower blood sugar levels.
The above benefits must surely encourage people to take action and try to improve their physical and mental health. Apart from the fact that it’s free, you can incorporate a walking routine into your life with very little extra effort.
- Walk to work or get off the bus at the stop before the office and walk the remaining distance.
- Walk up the stairs and DO NOT take the escalator or lift.
- Walk the dog just once more round the block.
- Go for a weekend into the countryside and just walk.
If you are serious about wanting to improve the quality of your life start a walking exercise program based on your own particular wants and abilities.
Invest in a strong pair of trainers or preferably walking boots and start strutting.
Category: The Effects of Exercise